19th September 2011
On Sunday afternoon Miranda Carter and Bruce Baker
co-promoted their first event of the new season – Great Expectations –
at York Hall in the heart of the East End of London.
because of the late pullout by British Light Welter Champ Ashley
Theophane, due to an injury, or even possibly that just days before
there were two other big shows in the Capital – Prizefighter and the
Mickey Helliet promoted event at the Elephant and Castle. However those
that made the trip to hallowed home of British boxing on Sunday were
treated to a cracking afternoon of action.
‘Solid’ Williams versus Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth was elevated to sole
headline status. (pic of action above)
closing down his prey before letting rip with a massive overhand right
that shook Battersea’s Okoth to the core. Not willing to give Okoth a
chance to recover Williams fired another exocet into the midriff. Okoth
sensibly covered up as another salvo of punches rained down on him.
aggressive Streatham based Champ, Okoth decided attack was probably the
only form of defense that would keep him from being stopped early on.
Returning some big shots of his own did slow the Williams juggernaut,
but not for long as ‘Solid’ decided to walk straight through them to
counter with more of his big bombs. Late on in the round Williams landed
a peach of a right hand that looked destined to send the the fighting
fireman from Battersea down and out, but somehow Okoth managed to grab
hold of Williams to stay on his feet and see the round out.
Okoth initially used his jab to good effect to slow the advancing Champ.
Williams kept coming forward, eventually backing Okoth on the ropes
before letting rip with more big salvos to the body and head. Okoth
survived the onslaught and turned aggressor. Okoth pushed forward but
Williams would not budge and the pair locked horns in the centre ring.
all, Williams took both rounds purely by landing the more meaningful
|Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor outpoints Sean Gorman|
Williams looked fired up as he came out in the fifth and the
writing was on the wall for Okoth right from the very first big right
that Williams landed. Living up to his ring moniker ‘Solid’ Williams
really started to work the body before backing Okoth on to a neutral
corner and firing off a huge salvo of shots to the body and head. Okoth
was beginning to look like a rag doll being savaged by a rabid
Rottweiler and as such it came as no surprise that referee Jeff Hinds
stepped in to save Okoth from a certain, and unnecessary, knockout on
the one minute thirty one second mark.
Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor take on Aberystwyth, Wales’ Sean Gorman.
which were widely reported in the press, as the Welsh lad was fired up
right from the off, as was clear by the venomous way he attacked
forward with vicious attack after vicious attack, young ‘Cassius’ kept
his cool and resisted getting into a tear up, instead he sensibly worked
behind his first class jab.
getting under Connor’s superb jab before making his attacks. Connor must
have realised how close the fight was because he became far more
aggressive in the fourth and final round and boxed beautifully to secure
the win by a close 39-38 margin.
Francis Maina draws with
Barrington Brown on his pro debut
Preceding Connor-Gorman former MMA fighter turned boxer
Francis Maina, from Limehouse, made his professional debut against
Barrington Brown from Nottingham.
throughout the four rounder they virtually matched each other punch for
punch. Saying that in my view I thought Maina was just a tad more
aggressive, which had me seeing him nicking most rounds. I have to admit
I wasn’t that surprised or disappointed when referee Ken Curtis scored
it a 39-39 draw as both lads put on a magnificent display.
Williams-Okoth thriller, and prior to that barnstormer was another. This
time it was Billericay’s debuting Luke Fowler swapping copious amounts
of leather with Swansea’s Craig Dyer.
|Luke Fowler out scored Craig Dyer over four rounds.|
What a cracking fight, Dyer was intent on giving young Luke a
baptism of fire, Luke on the other hand seemed to relish the battle, as
did his huge contingent of highly vocal supporters.
Swansea lad threw bomb after bomb, as each big right hand came looming
into sight Fowler either moved out of range or dipped and swayed before
letting off an equally, but accurate, vicious counter. Throughout the
action was nonstop, the pair went at it hammer and tongs.
when Dyer, who was backed onto the ropes, was sent to the canvas,
however referee Ken Curtis waved off the count.
the rest of the bout, with Dyer throwing lots of punches, most of which
missed the ever fluid Essex Boy who in return countered with crisp solid
jabs and big rights. No surprise then that after four sensation rounds
Luke Fowler was declared victorious by a 40-37 margin.
every opportunity. Miller on the other hand used his head, sticking to
his boxing and picking his shots.
|Dalton Miller beats Chris Brophy over the distance|
brief spell in the third when Brophy upped the pressure and backed
Miller on to the ropes, but that was short lived as Miller soon regained
control. No surprise to anyone that referee Jeff Hinds scored the bout
40-36 in favour of Miller, who had the edge over the Swansea man
slick Nathan Weise made his welcome return to York Hall, where he faced
ubiquitous Duncan Cottier.
Weise seemingly feeling out the veteran journeyman. It soon livened up
though as Weise started to get into the flow, landing crisp jabs and
hooks to the body with ease to take the opening stanza.
nice crisp movement and classy shots from all angles. Around midway
through an off balance Cottier was sent to his knees by a sharp right.
The Essex man protested it was slip, but referee continued the eight
|Nathan Weise outpoints Duncan Cottier|
Weise continued to put on a slick display, against little in
return from Cottier, until the final round to earn a well deserved
40-35 points victory.
Nigerian-born Ideh Ockuko take on debuting Sean Tribble from Gosport,
walk that continued after he entered the ring and tested the ropes. It
didn’t stop there as his natural rhythm came into play when the action
newcomer, picking his shots at will. I have to say that doesn’t really
do Ockuku justice as he showcased about every punch in the book and did
it with style.
gave his best and got some success for the effort, especially in the
mid-rounds, but really didn’t have an answer to quick footed and classy
Ockuku’s vast array of shots and as such it was no surprise that referee
Jeff Hinds rightly scored the bout 39-37 in favour of the London based
start, making life far to easy for Burton, who sent Brown onto the back
foot with some seriously sharp jabs. Burton continued to dominate the
proceedings easily, all but a brief period early in the third, to earn
his first win by a 40-36 points margin.
Sunday spectaculars, I’m usually quite content to stay at home on the
Sabbath and have a relaxing Sunday dinner with my gorgeous girlfriend,
but if this is the normal standard of fare on offer at Left Jab’s shows
I can see myself in the arms of my pugilistic Friday and Saturday night
mistress more often on a Sunday afternoon, as it was nothing short of
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro